EPAnglicanOrders1922 .pdf

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Encyclical on Anglican Orders 
from the Oecumenical Patriarch to the Presidents of the 
Particular Eastern Orthodox Churches, 1922 
[The Holy Synod has studied the report of the Committee and notes:] 
1.  That  the  ordination  of  Matthew  Parker  as  Archbishop  of  Canterbury  by 
four bishops is a fact established by history. 
2.  That  in  this  and  subsequent  ordinations  there  are  found  in  their  fullness 
those  orthodox  and  indispensable,  visible  and  sensible  elements  of  valid 
episcopal ordination ‐ viz. the laying on of hands, the Epiclesis of the All‐Holy 
Spirit and also the purpose to transmit the charisma of the Episcopal ministry. 
3.  That  the  orthodox  theologians  who  have  scientifically  examined  the 
question  have  almost  unanimously  come  to  the  same  conclusions  and  have 
declared themselves as accepting the validity of Anglican Orders. 
4.  That  the  practice  in  the  Church  affords  no  indication  that  the  Orthodox 
Church has ever officially treated the validity of Anglican Orders as in doubt, 
in  such  a  way  as  would  point  to  the  re‐ordination  of  the  Anglican  clergy  as 
required in the case of the union of the two Churches. 
+  Meletios  [Metaxakis],  Archbishop  of  Constantinople  New  Rome  and 
Oecumenical Patriarch 

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